B’cast Bill: Film censor board chief seeks clarifications

NEW DELHI: Indian film censor board chief and veteran actress Sharmila Tagore today exhorted the government to remove overlaps in the functioning of censor board and a proposed broadcast regulator.

She also called for “transparency” while forming the proposed Broadcast Regulatory Authority of India (Brai).

"There has to be some sort of uniformity at some level... and identify where there are some overlaps," Tagore, chairperson of the Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC), was quoted by the Press Trust of India as saying.

She, along with some other government officials and industry representatives were participating in a day-long seminar on the draft 'Broadcasting Services Regulation Bill - 2006', which was organized by industry chamber Assocham.

Tagore’s apprehensions stems from the fact that the censor board and the proposed Brai might end up doing similar works like certifying content for television channels.

In the absence of a regulatory body, the government has mandated that only `U’ (or for unrestricted viewing) censor certified films promos, music videos and songs should be aired on TV music channels.

Information and broadcasting secretary S K Arora assured the industry gathering that the government was open to suggestions and comments on the proposed Brai and the Bill.

"The government is open to suggestions and can incorporate fresh ideas and issues we may have omitted (earlier in a draft that was readied for the Cabinet)," he said.

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